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Microsoft refuses to hand data to US Government

On the heels of the breach of the pictures of famous celebrities who had their pictures stolen off their iCloud accounts, Microsoft has decided to not comply with a court order to force it to hand over data to the US government for emails stored on one of its servers.

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When the warrant’s suspension was lifted last week Friday, 29 August 2014, Microsoft again refused to honour it.

Both Microsoft and the prosecutors representing the US government have until tomorrow, 5 September, to figure out a way to move on before the court does it for them.

“Microsoft will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal,” said the company in a statement.

“Everyone agrees this case can and will proceed to the appeals court. This is simply about finding the appropriate procedure for that to happen.”

This is the first reported incident where the company is shown to not be complying with the NSA and its sister departments responsible for the security of America.

Microsoft had until 31 July to hand over the data.

The data in question is part of an email database currently sitting on one of Microsoft’s data centers in Ireland.

A warrant was issued by U.S. District Court judge and Microsoft decided to refuse it, causing Judge Loretta Preska to suspend it amidst complaints from other companies in the US and worldwide who argued that trying to seized the data was illegal as it was out of the jurisdiction of the United States.

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